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Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Top Ten Tuesday: The Geography of Me and My TBR List

Hill, dale, mountain, valley, ocean, swamp, gorge, narrow...there are hundreds of words to describe the geographical wonders of our world. Not surprisingly, many of them show up in the titles of books. Using this list as my guide, it didn't take me long to gather a bunch of them for today's TTT prompt: Top Ten Books With Geographical Terms in the Title (suggested by Lisa at Hopewell's Public Library of Life). I tweaked it just a tad by focusing on books on my TBR list. 

If you want to join in the TTT fun (and you do!), click on over to That Artsy Reader Girl for all the details.

Top Ten Books On My TBR With Geographical Terms in the Title

1. These Silent Woods by Kami Cunningham Grant—It just so happens that my current read fits this week's topic. I'm enjoying this quietly compelling novel about a man and his 8-year-old daughter whose peaceful life in an isolated cabin is threatened by a string of events that could expose a dangerous secret from the past and destroy their idyllic existence forever. 

2. The Saints of Swallow Hill by Donna Everhart—In the middle of the Depression, a desperate widow disguises herself as a man in order to get a job at a turpentine camp in Georgia. Despite the grimness of her situation, she begins to envision a new life for herself, if only she can come to terms with the sins of her past.

3. The Quarry Girls by Jess Lourey—Thrillers about small towns with big secrets always appeal to me. This one concerns a Minnesota town where teenage girls are disappearing. Heather and Brenda are keeping a secret about something disturbing they saw one night. Are the incidents connected? Too scared to go to the authorities, Heather decides to investigate on her own...

4. Smile Beach Murder by Alicia Bessette—The first installment in a cozy mystery series, this one stars Callie, a woman who returns to her hometown in the Outer Banks after being laid off from her job as a reporter. Still haunted by the death of her mother, who fell from the top of the local lighthouse, Callie is shocked when another woman dies in the same manner. She doesn't believe either woman committed suicide, as the rumors suggest, so what did happen? Callie is determined to find out.

5. The Half-Life of Ruby Fielding by Lydia Kang—It's 1942 and the Fielding siblings are doing what they can for the war effort on the home front. When they discover a mysterious stranger hiding under their back stairs, they're drawn into her web, but who is she? And what does she want from them? Can they trust the enigmatic stranger or should they turn her in to the authorities?

6. On Gold Mountain: The One-Hundred-Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family by Lisa See—In this non-fiction book, See tells her family's story, starting with the emigration of her great-great grandfather from China to California.

7. Loch Down Abbey by Beth Cowan-Erskine—I've mentioned this dark comedy/murder mystery set in Scotland before. It sounds clever and funny.

8. The Lost Girls of Willowbrook by Ellen Marie Wiseman—Based on a true story, this historical novel is about Sage Winters, a girl who discovers her dead sister is actually alive. Sage knew her sister was different than other people, but does she really deserve to be institutionalized at the Willowbrook State School? Sage vows to find out the truth about her sister and the infamous school for herself, no matter what it takes.

9. The Marsh House by Zoë Somerville—This dual-timeline novel tells the story of two women in different eras and the mysterious, secret-filled house that ties them together.

10. Race to the Bottom of the Sea by Lindsay Eager—This rollicking middle-grade adventure tells the tale of Fidelia Quail, an 11-year-old who's wracked by guilt after her parents are killed in an accident involving a submarine Fidelia invented. When she's kidnapped by a treasure-obssessed pirate, she must use her vast knowledge of the sea to help him find what he seeks in order to avoid walking the plank. The discovery that her pirate captor is more than he seems throws her for a loop and plunges her head-first into a puzzling mystery.

There you are, ten books with geographical terms in the titles that I want to read. Have you read any of these? What did you think? Which titles and terms are on your list today? I'd truly love to know. Leave me a comment on this post and I will gladly return the favor on your blog.

Happy TTT!      


  1. I should've gone with books on my TBR too. I barely came up with ten books I've read. I did, though, lol. Great list! :D

    My TTT

    1. Apparently, titles with geographic terms in them really appeal to me. I found bunches of them on my Goodreads book lists. Made this week's TTT super easy—at least for me :)

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Jenni!

  2. Race to the Bottom of the Sea sounds so much fun!

    1. Doesn't it? I need to see if my library has it. I'm totally in for some pirate-y fun!

      Thanks for popping in, Cassie!

  3. I hope you enjoy all of these books!

    My post:

    1. I finished THESE SILENT WOODS yesterday and really enjoyed it, so that bodes well for this list, I think!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Lydia!

  4. The Half-Life of Ruby Fielding sounds so interesting!

    1. I just picked it up at the library today. I hope it's as good as it sounds. Fingers crossed!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Tanya!

  5. What a great list! I’ve only heard of a few of these but they all sound so interesting!

    1. I agree. I'm looking forward to reading all of them. I hope they're as good as they sound :)

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Leah!

  6. I have not read any of these, but you have a great mix of terms there. I struggle because I only use books I read.

    1. I guess I find it more interesting to write about the books I want to read than the ones I've already read because my TTT lists seem to be made up of more of the former than the latter. Titles with geographic terms in them appeal to me, though, so I could have made a lengthy list of books I've read, too, I think.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Sam!

  7. This is the first time I saw Quarry on a list!! Love it, great list!

    1. It's a unique one! I had to double check to make sure it counted as a geographical term. I'm glad it did.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Cindy!

  8. I haven't read any of these but several are on my TBR. :)

    1. I hope you enjoy them when you get to them!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Suzanne!

  9. I really want to read Quarry Girls, it looks so good! Great list.

    1. Right? It definitely sounds like an intriguing mystery. I hope we both enjoy it.

      Thanks for stopping in, Sarah!

  10. I also like reading about close-knit communities, and The Quarry Girls seems like a good one. Added it to my TBR. Thanks!!

    1. Same! There's just something about the whole idea of small communities hiding scandalous secrets that appeals to me. At least in fiction. In reality, I prefer things safe and boring. Ha ha.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Lectrice!

  11. You have some great choices on here, Susan. Some words I hadn't thought of. I have read a few of them, but will be checking them out to see if I need to add more to my TBR mountain.

    1. The list of geographical terms Jana linked to really helped me find fitting titles. Goodreads made it easy to search them out.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Carla!

  12. Nice list. The Half-Life of Ruby Fielding made me giggle a bit because of your creative way of using the name! Well done!

    1. I was trying not to repeat any of the terms so I had to get creative! LOL.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Wendy!

  13. A great looking list!

    Have a great week!

    Emily @ Budget Tales Book Blog

    1. So far, I've finished one of the books on this list. I really enjoyed THESE SILENT WOODS. I've checked a couple of the others out from the library, so we'll see how those go. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they'll all be good reads.

      Thanks for popping in, Emily!

  14. I like how you chose the books from your TBR. I'd pick Race to the Bottom of the Sea as my next read.

    1. I was going to check for RACE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA when I was at the library today and I totally forgot. I'll have to check online and see if it's available. Thanks for the reminder!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Deb!

  15. Quarry and loch are ones I haven't seen on a list yet. Great job at picking those out! I wish I would have used field!

    1. I saw loch on another list, but I didn't see anyone else use quarry or field. I'm patting myself on the back for finding some unique ones! Ha ha.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Deanna!

  16. I loved Race to the Bottom of the Sea, such a fun read. Great list too. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

    1. Oh, good! I'm glad it's as fun as it sounds. I'm definitely going to see if I can get it from the library soon. I'm in the mood for a rollicking adventure!

      Thanks for popping by, Brenda!

  17. Race to the Bottom of the Sea looks like a blast! I'm always in search of good middle grade books both because I love children's books and on behalf of my younger cousins and niece.

    Allie @ Ink in the Archives

    1. I love MG books, too! They're generally quick reads, but just as entertaining and satisfying as adult books and often even more so. I love that you give your cousins and niece recs, too. That's awesome.

      Thanks for stopping in, Allison!

  18. Great list! I haven't read any of these, but a few are on my TBR. The Lisa See book in particular sounds really interesting.

    1. I agree! I'm fascinated by immigration stories, both those of my own ancestors and those of others'. Those kinds of journeys are just so interesting to me.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Nicole!

  19. Loch Down Abbey sounds really fun, I'll have to check that one out!
    My TTT:

    1. It does, doesn't it? I bought myself a copy months ago, but I still haven't gotten around to reading it. One of these days!

      Thanks for stopping in, JJ!

  20. I haven't read any of these, but Smile Beach Murder looks really good—and I'm not just saying that because the cover is gorgeous. Happy reading!

    1. It does have a nice cover, doesn't it? I think the mystery sounds intriguing, too. I don't know that I've read one about people being pushed off a lighthouse. That's a unique way to kill someone off! We wouldn't want our cozy murders to get too mundane, now, would we??

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Christopher!

  21. I haven't read any of these, but I do have These Silent Woods on my TBR list. And I'll soon be adding Quarry Girls to it, too. Great list, Susan! :D

    1. I finished THESE SILENT WOODS yesterday and really liked it. It's a quiet novel, but one that's compelling and touching. I just checked out another book by its author, since I like her style so much.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Lark!

  22. Such a lovely list, Susan. I haven't read any of your books but I have read a few by Lisa See and loved them. I probably should get On Gold Mountain.

    Thanks for visiting my TTT this week.

    1. I've enjoyed most of the books I've read by See as well. I'm interested to read her family's story. Immigration stories fascinate me!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Marianne!

    2. Me, as well. And biographies by people with an interesting stories. Not the jet set people, those that really achieved or went through something.

  23. I am a huge Lisa See fan, but have never read her nonfiction book. I feel like I should so am adding it to my TBR list

    1. I'm especially interested to read more considering how much See's family's story and her own identity as an Asian American informs her fiction. Should be a intriguing read. I hope we both enjoy it.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Helen!

  24. I think I'll have to try Loch Down Abbey. Thanks for visiting my blog earlier!

    1. It sounds like a ton of fun, doesn't it? I hope we both enjoy it. Be sure to come back and let me know what you think of it!

      Thanks for popping in, Lauren!

  25. I didn't recognize the title, but the description of These Silent Woods sounded familiar, so I looked back & sure enough, it's on my TBR already. You have a couple others that sound intriguing, so I guess my TBR grows again this week! Thanks for stopping by
    Terrie @ Bookshelf Journeys

    1. It's been on my list since I first heard about it, too, but honestly, I had kind of forgotten about it as well. Then, I got the new paperback version from the publisher and my interest was piqued all over again. I'm glad I read the book finally as I really did enjoy it.

      Thanks for stopping by, Terrie!

  26. Wow, you have so many great titles for this week's prompt. I love seeing the variety of geographical terms that you've mentioned—I don't think I've seen anyone use loch, marsh, quarry, and brook in any post. Great list! 😃

    1. I did see loch on another list, but that's it. The list of geographical terms that Jana linked to made it easy to find some unique ones :)

      Thanks for popping in, Dinipandareads!

  27. I've read Smile Beach Murder and while it wasn't my favorite I did enjoy it and think it's an interesting setup for a series. The others are new to me but I see so many I want to read!

    1. You're the cozy mystery queen, so I'm not surprised you've read SMILE BEACH MURDER. It does have an interesting setup. I'll be curious to see what I think.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Katherine!

  28. Race to the Bottom of the Sea sounds so good.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thanks for stopping by earlier!

    1. It really does sound fun. I've got a bunch of books out from the library right now, but I'm going to check RACE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA out next go 'round. I'm in the mood for a delightful read!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Astilbe!


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